unfortunately…

don’t you hate getting emails with that word in it?

unfortunately.

especially when it’s after something along the lines of, “we appreciate you coming in for the interview. unfortunately, you have not been selected…” and so on and so forth.

i applied to be part of unc dance marathon’s overall committee and got called back for an interview. needless to say i was ecstatic and i was nervous when going into the interview — this was a big deal to me. i went in the small conference room in the general alumni association building and did my thing to the best of my ability.

i received an email this morning with that not so fortunate word “unfortunately” in it.

needless to say i was surprised when my reaction wasn’t tears or experiencing a great breakdown. strangely enough, i felt rather calm. weird, i know. yes, i really wanted the position on the overall committee. yes, i was dedicated to doing everything i could to better the marathon for the following year.

and yes, i am still in love with dance marathon.

i’ve been praying a lot for God to guide me in the right direction with things in general — i really need to learn to step back and let HIS will be done, not mine. He’s got a plan and in the end it will all work out bigger and better than i could ever imagine.

so i took this seemingly unfortunate news and put a positive spin on it — i turned to the age old cliché of “when one door closes, another one opens” — and this is something i find to be true.

i know i didn’t get this position, and i admit to being bummed out for a few minutes after reading the email, but what awesome things must God have in store for me next year?!

reading in 1 peter 4:10-11, i definitely found even more solace.

“each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. if anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. amen.”

regardless of whether or not i’m part of the overall committee for dm, i need to serve others with my gifts that go beyond being a good planner of an event. regardless of what i do next year, i need  to do everything in Christ so that He may be glorified. God’s got a plan, i know it, and i’m trusting him with it. maybe i’ll do more shows next year, or have a job, or be involved with dm as a sub-committee chair, who knows! that’s part of the excitement i think. it’s scary sometimes trusting your life with God, but the payoffs in the end are so worth it.

thankfully, i don’t count this as a truly unfortunate circumstance — it’s merely a bump in the road of getting to my final destination.

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